The Hymn of Colindres

October 01, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Music, Spain, Spanish 141 views

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Coat of armsToday I became aware that the little fishing village where I live has a town hymn, an anthem to celebrate what it means to be from Colindres. Both to ensure that I understand it fully, and to share it with my non-hispanophone audience, I have translated it into English. It really is quite beautiful. I hope to one day hear or see or record a performance of it, as it would be nice to hear the music and voices booming with pride.


Es Colindres tierra hidalga,
La cuna de mis mayores
Y el orgullo de Cantabria
Y el orgullo de Cantabria
Que pregonan sus blasones.

Desde lo alto a la ribera
Comerciante o labrador
Tienes alma marinera
Tienes alma marinera
Con la azada o el timón.


Colindres empuña el remo
Colindres iza la vela
Que no hay en el mundo entero
Quien contigo en la mar pueda.

De tus astilleros reales
Naví­os y galeones
Botaste para mil mares
Que engrandecieron tus hombres.

Cada dí­a con la aurora
A pescar la mar nos llama
A la mar que ya es la hora
A la mar que llega el alba.


Ha vuelto a venir el dí­a
Pescadores hay mar plena
Para abandonar la rí­a
Que la pesca nos espera.

Ay mi bella colindresa
Yo le pido a San Ginés
Que con bien de la mar vuelva
Que con bien de la mar vuelva
Y al venir te vuelva a ver.

Colindres is noble land,
The cradle of my elders
And the pride of Cantabria
And the pride of Cantabria
Proclaiming their glory.

From the top of the shore
Merchant or farmer
You have a seafaring soul
You have a seafaring soul
With the hoe or rudder.


Colindres wields the oar
Colindres hoists the sail
There is no one in the entire world
That can overcome you at sea.

From your royal shipyards
You launched ships and galleons
To a thousand seas
That exalted your men.

Every day at the crack of dawn
The sea calls us to fish
To sea because it is time
To sea because dawn is here.


The day has come again
Fishermen, the sea is full
Time to leave the estuary
Because the fish await us.

Oh, my beautiful Colindres gal
I ask San Ginés
That I may return with goods from the sea
That I may return with goods from the sea
And come to see you again.


Is anyone else getting choked up? Beautiful!